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Keller: What is Memorial Day, really?

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day Americans set aside to remember those whom most people have forgotten.

What actually is Memorial Day? To many people, it’s just another holiday – a three-day weekend – a time to celebrate! Should we celebrate more than remember? No, that’s not why Memorial Day was established.

On that day, we are to commemorate the people who died in all the different wars – who unselfishly gave their lives to protect our freedom. The Bible says that no greater love has a man that he would lay down his life for his brother.

Many men and women have served in different branches of the military. Some returned as heroes. Others returned unnoticed and were never given credit for their service. Let’s never get so wrapped up in our special interests that we neglect to celebrate Memorial Day.

This weekend, I intend to display my patriotism and express my love and loyal support for my country. As a young boy, I remember that during the Second World War the whole country took pride in their love and loyalty toward the United States of America. That’s right! All Americans worked together to help defeat Germany and Japan against almost insurmountable odds. Men and women unselfishly sacrificed and contributed with their individual talents.

Contrary to those years, people today are selfish and have forgotten the American spirit. It’s not what I can do for my country, but what my country can do for me.

This Memorial Day, let’s all take time to thank God and be grateful for this great country, “one nation under God.”

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call (985) 652-8477.